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Attribution – Data – Analysis – Countermeasures. InterOperability is a Horizon project coordinated by the Psychological Defence Research Institute

As of 1 February 2024, the Psychological Defence Research Institute coordinates the Horizon project, engaging seven partners in a three-year-long project. 

Based on the concept of Foreign Information Manipulation & Interference (FIMI) as elaborated by the EU EEAS, the purpose of is to protect democracy in the EU by strengthening the ability to deny the intended effects of FIMI on society

  • aims to significantly develop upon current knowledge of how FIMI can be detected, categorised, analysed, shared, and countered
  • This will be achieved through a series of coordinated contributions to the DISARM Framework, the NATO-Hybrid COE Attribution Framework, STIX 2.1, OpenCTI, ABCDE, and the FIMI countermeasures toolbox. 
  • This approach acknowledges the importance of TTPs and common data handling standards to the ability to attribute FIMI actors and further positions TTPs within the broader analytical processes that are necessary to develop countermeasures
  • In addition to establishing improved technical standards and operating procedures, will generate research knowledge that can support better decision-making about FIMI countermeasures. 
  • For example, the project will conduct research on the public impact of attribution, research methods for linguistic and visual analysis, develop an understanding of how cross-platform manipulation evades traditional analysis methods, as well as establish a dataset of previous FIMI interventions. 
  • includes a specific component on gendered disinformation designed to better integrate gender into the technical formats. 
  • Finally, the project will work closely with a community of practice that includes the EU EEAS, representatives of member states, civil society, and journalists/European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO).

The project engages the following partners: Alliance4Europe (DE), Debunk EU (LT), Dortmund University - Institution of Journalism (DE), Cardiff University - Crime & Security Research Institute (UK); University of Social Sciences and Humanities (PL), Leiden University - The Hague Program for Cyber Norms (NL), Lund University - Psychological Defence Research Institute (SE). is funded by the European Union. 

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